The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
The Beautiful Scotland programme is run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which promotes horticulture through flower shows such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, RHS Tatton Park Flower Show and RHS Cardiff Flower Show. The Royal Horticultural Society also supports training for professional and amateur gardeners.
In 2002, the RHS took over the administration of the Britain in Bloom campaign and, in 2010, the Society launched 'It's Your Neighbourhood', a programme to encourage people to get involved in horticulture for the benefit of their community. It runs alongside Beautiful Scotland but is non-competitive and is based on the three pillars (or themes) of community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.
Many It’s Your Neighbourhood groups now work with Beautiful Scotland groups to add value to beautification initiatives in villages, towns and cities all over Scotland, and we are proud to be running both programmes in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. In Scotland, in 2021 we recognised and celebrated the achievemements of 49 groups through our Beautiful Scotland programme, with five of these representing Scotland in the RHS Community Awards. We recognised and celebrated the achievements of 202 groups through It’s Your Neighbourhood.
Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach said: “Scotland has a fantastic track record of taking part in It’s Your Neighbourhood and the RHS Britain in Bloom competition, and the Beautiful Scotland winners are always of the highest standard. From small villages through to the cities, communities in Scotland truly embrace the campaign and make a huge contribution to the country’s environmental sustainability."